As much as we hate to admit it, our hot summer days are numbered. This weekend is one of your last opportunities to experience peak summertime vibes in Toronto before we trade our shorts and tees for boots and scarves. Thankfully, there is more than enough to keep you busy and having fun safely in this glorious city of ours. Skip your patio plans this weekend and hit up a music festival, flea market, art show, or even a celebration of goats!
Here are some of the most exciting things to do in Toronto this weekend to keep the vibrations high.
Head over to Garrison Common for “one sweet day” of festival vibes in the sunshine. This event will feature live performances and 11 different genres of music, food trucks, dance lessons, and more. There’s even cooler and bottle service for you and your crew to get your drink on. This event will take place at reduced capacity, so you can enjoy the vibes safely.
Where: 100 Garrison Rd
When: Sunday, August 29th
This event is happening just west of Toronto in Burlington, and there are some incredible acts to see. Tokyo Police Club, Born Ruffians, 54-40, and The Vaudevillian are performing, and you’ll get to watch from a private booth with your friends. Tickets must be purchased in groups of 4 and screening protocols will be in place prior to entry.
Where: Burlington Centre, 777 Guelph Line
When: August 28th & 29th
If you miss out on the Mississauga Night Market, don’t worry. All July you can hit up the Eats Night Market in Scarborough as well. Every weekend, head on out to the food truck set up of the century. It’s all socially-distanced for optimal COVID-19 safety. Plus, they’ve got extravagant late-night eats being served all summer. Yum!
Where: Scarborough Town Centre, 520 Progress Ave
When: Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday this month
Hit up this famously lively and eccentric neighbourhood and explore the creations of many local artists who work in a variety of mediums, including sculpture, painting, textile, photography, and more. This event is FREE to attend and it’s a great way to support our city’s artists.
Where: 77 Nassau St
When: Sunday, August 29th
Are you ready to be whisked away to the year 2099? Terra Lumina is making its return at the Toronto Zoo this month for more nightly magic under the stars. The immersive light show features an illuminated 1.5 km trail designed to make you feel like you’ve travelled to a “radiant” future world.
Where: The Toronto Zoo, 2000 Meadowvale Road, Toronto, ON
Cost: Adult (18-64) $29.99 + HST
We may not have VELD this year, but at least we have Goatchella! Head on over to this adorable celebration of goats and local farms. Rock out to music with the goats, attend a “pink tie” dinner, shop artisanal items, and get something delicious from the Screaming Goat Cafe. We recommend the Udderly Delicious Goat Milk Ice Cream! This event is limited capacity and you can buy your tickets here!
Where: 1166 5th Line, Newtonville
When: Sunday, August 29th, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
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Hunt for vintage, salvaged, handcrafted goods and other cool finds at this FREE flea market! Come away with some unique pieces for your fall wardrobe or antiques for your apartment, all for great prices. Plus, you can cruise around the other pop-up shops, food vendors and outdoor spaces at Stackt Market while you’re there.
Where: 28 Bathurst St
When: Saturday, August 28th, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Every Friday night this summer, head over to Cabana for the ultimate pool party. Sip on Moët while you cool off in the pool and soak up the sunset views. Live performances and DJs will make you want to dance the night away. This event is bottle service only, so round up your squad and get ready to make some summertime memories.
Where: 11 Polson St
When: Friday, August 27th at 4 p.m.
Enjoy the whimsical production of this literary classic at the picturesque outdoor Guild Festival Theatre. It’s been so long since live theatre has graced our stages here in Toronto, and what better way to celebrate its return than watching Alice as she makes her way through Wonderland? You can even make an evening out of it and head to the Beaches or the Scarborough Bluffs afterward.
Where: 201 Guildwood Pkwy
When: Wednesday, August 18th to Sunday, August 29th
This sprawling 20-acre field is just an hour and a half drive from Toronto and it has thousands of blooms for you to get lost in. There’s a special sunset event going on this Friday, but the farm is open until the end of this month. The sunflower-shaped trail is new to the farm this year and it’s the only one of its kind in the whole province.
Where: Hwy 48 & Sideroad 17, Beaverton
When: Friday to Sunday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Now, leave the work week behind you and enjoy your weekend, Toronto!